Jeremy Lin is at the crossroads of his career in the NBA. The Asian-American is an unrestricted free agent in the 2016 offseason and he has lots of options ahead of him in free agency.
Will he sign with a title contender on a cheaper contract? Or will he sign a lucrative long-term deal with a team that has no shot at a championship but where he will have a bigger or starting role?
Lin has been linked to multiple NBA teams even before he officially opted out of of his contract with the Charlotte Hornets. These teams include the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks (before the trade for Derrick Rose), Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs, among others.
The Asian-American guard had a respectable season in his only year with the Hornets with averages of 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the 2015-2016 regular season. He also played well in the NBA playoffs with averages of 12.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in the first round series loss against the Miami Heat.
Earlier in the offseason, Jeremy Lin stated that money won’t be a factor in free agency. However, he is coming off a cheap contract with the Hornets that paid him just $2.14 million last season and he has a chance to earn big with the rise in salary cap for for the NBA teams.
In other interviews, Lin also said that a big role for his next NBA team would be a factor, which means the Asian-American guard might want to play on starter role next season.
With the Hornets last season, Jeremy Lin played as a back-up to both the point guard and shooting guard positions. Charlotte has star PG Kemba Walker as the starter and going back to Charlotte means he’ll continue to be a back-up for the Hornets.
Should Jeremy Lin sign with a team like the Brooklyn Nets where he will be given a nice contract and also a major role for the team? Or should Lin go to a team like the San Antonio Spurs and play a bench role and with cheaper contract but have a chance to win the NBA title?
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